Who Benefits from Board Certification in Administrative Medicine?

Pursuing board certification in Administrative Medicine is an excellent option for physicians who have experience in the business side of medicine. These days, more and more physicians are looking for ways to make themselves more marketable on the job front, more involved in the day-to-day management of healthcare organizations, and better equipped to lead. As a result, there has been a marked increase in the number physicians who have elected to pursue additional graduate-level training in business administration, healthcare management, and other fields related to Administrative Medicine. At the American Board of Administrative Medicine® (ABAM) – a Member Board developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) – we know how valuable these physician leaders are in the healthcare industry, and we are excited to offer board certification to highly qualified and experienced physicians who meet our eligibility requirements.

There are many reasons why a physician may consider specializing in Administrative Medicine. From a practical standpoint, many professionals simply want to know how to better manage their practice and learn best management practices for operating their business. Others are forward thinkers who have recognized that there is a shortage of physician leaders in the healthcare industry and understand that business training will offer new and different opportunities as their careers advance. A few examples of the types of individuals who are particularly well suited for board certification in Administrative Medicine include:

  • Chief medical officers
  • Chiefs of staff
  • Medical executive chairs
  • Hospital board of trustees members
  • Owners of private practices
  • Vice presidents of medical affairs

Recent changes in the infrastructure of the healthcare industry have created a clear need for motivated physicians who are interested in assuming leadership roles in their hospitals, research facilities, and private practices. At the ABAM, we offer an opportunity for physicians with both medical and business training to pursue board certification in their area of expertise. To learn about our eligibility requirements, and for additional information about the many benefits to board certification through our organization, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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Disaster Medicine
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Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
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Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine